Nintendo has announced that it is discontinuing the Wii U Basic model in its native Japan.
Over on the official Nintendo Japan website, production of the Wii U Basic is listed as having ended, prompting a price drop to shift the company’s remaining stock.
There’s no news on whether the Wii U Basic will be culled in the rest of the world, but Nintendo’s hardware decisions in its home country are usually mirrored elsewhere shortly after.
The Wii U hasn’t exactly been a sales smash, of course, but the Basic model in particular has been a massive flop since the console’s launch in 2012. The Wii U Premium model dominated sales from the get go, and there have been rumours that the Wii U Basic would be killed off from around six months after its release.
The Wii U Basic’s problem is that it’s fundamentally hamstrung, coming with just 8GB of internal storage as opposed to the Premium model’s 32GB. Despite this it doesn’t cost that much less money – particularly with the discounts that have come the way of the Premium model in recent times.
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